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Apr 142016
 

Raised beds

The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway in April.

In the first session, Extension Specialist David Robson will share water conservation tips and techniques, as well as information about the latest in watering equipment. Water can be a precious commodity, especially during the summer and with droughts, and WaterSmart Gardening will provide help to minimize and conserve water, while still maintaining a healthy landscape.

WaterSmart Gardening will be presented online April 26 at 1:30 p.m. and again on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The April 26 presentation also may be viewed in the Kane County office in St. Charles. Each topic will be offered online twice, and some are available for viewing in-person at a local Extension office.

Other spring  webinar topics will include:

  • Growing Vegetables in Containers and Raised Beds on May 10 at 1:30 p.m. and May 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Backyard Greenhouse Basics on May 24 at 1:30 p.m. and May 26 at 6:30 p.m. The May 24 webinar also may be viewed in the Yorkville office.

All webinar sessions are free and open to the public to view online, but participants must register in advance at http://go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars.

Participants may choose to view the April 26 webinar at the U of I Extension office in St. Charles, or to view the May 24 webinar at the Extension office in Yorkville. There is a fee of $5 to join in person, which includes the session handouts. Local registration closes one week before each program. To sign up to attend in person or to learn more, visit the “Register Online” section at web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk or call 630-584-6166 for more information.

The U of I Extension office in Kane County is located at 535 S. Randall Road in St. Charles, and in Kendall County at 7775B Illinois Route 47 in Yorkville. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please notify at least two weeks prior to the event.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension programs in your county, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk. University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems.

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Mar 152016
 
3/15/2016 Kane County Hosts Beekeeping Town Hall Meeting

The Kane County Planning Cooperative hosted a beekeeping town hall meeting on February 11th to discuss the county’s role in supporting healthy bee populations and working with the region’s community of beekeepers. The meeting was organized in part as a response to isolated incidents of swarming on residential properties. Kane County staff highlighted some of […]

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Mar 072016
 
3/7/2016 USDA Grant will help to bring more local foods to Kane County schools

Seven Generations Ahead is one of 74 projects in 39 states that received support through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program, in an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers. The Kane County Health Department and SGA received a $85,767 implementation grant that will impact […]

Mar 032016
 
3/3/2016 Master Gardeners Help Desk Open for the Season

It might seem hard to believe with today’s weather, but spring is right around the corner, which means it is time for the Kane County Master Gardener Help Desk to open for the 2016 season. Beginning in March, trained volunteers can field questions on trees, shrubs, lawns, flowers, vegetables and more. “Winter storm damage, lawn […]

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Mar 012016
 
3/1/2016 Good Food Festival and Conference

The Good Food Festival & Conference began eleven years ago as the Local Organic Trade Show, the first event of its kind. The event plays an essential role in building local food infrastructure and creating lasting relationships that have helped push the Good Food movement forward. This year the conference runs March 24th thru March […]

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Feb 252016
 
2/25/16 Meet the Buyer Event at NIFB

  Illinois farmers are invited to attend the Meet the Farmers, Meet the Buyers event on March 22, 2016.  This one-day event will take place at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30 AM). This event is an opportunity for farmers to […]

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Feb 082016
 
2/8/2016 Free Webinar on the Use of Cover Crops – February 18th

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education will be sponsoring a free webinar on February 18th for anyone interested in the use of cover crops. Participants will hear first hand from an Indiana farmer that has used cover cropping techniques. An NRCS Resource Conservationist & Agricultural Economist will also discuss a budgeting tool to help […]

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Feb 012016
 
2/1/2016 Four Seasons Garden Series Winter Webinars

University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening Program will offer a winter webinar series for gardening enthusiasts beginning in February. The Four Seasons Gardening Program focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production. This winter, gardeners who are itching for something “green” to do indoors will learn about caring for landscape trees, building […]

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Jan 282016
 
1/28/2016 Backyard Chicken Workshop at Garfield Farm

Ever thought about raising chickens in your back yard? If you have, and if you live in the city or village limits of any Kane County community, be sure to check your local ordinances before you do. Some of the guidelines for poultry and fowl in unincorporated are included at the end of this article. […]

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Jan 252016
 
1/25/2016 Shared Harvest Co-op Pop Up Market - Today

TODAY is the Shared Harvest Co-op Pop Up Market! Monday, January 25th from 4:00-8:00pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC American Legion 820 N. Liberty St., Elgin Vendors Include: Family Farms Coop (pre-orders only) – frozen meats, cheeses French Nuns – baked goods Sitka Salmon – seafood Curds & Whey – cheese & fish UP Farms – microgreens Trogg’s […]

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